One of a Pair of Model Souvenir Paddles

Northwest Coast


collected 1911

Cedar and paint

Overall: 3/16 × 29 1/2 × 3 9/16 in. (0.4 × 75 × 9 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Bequest of Frank C. and Clara G. Churchill



Place Made: Sitka, United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Northwest Coast

Not on view


Two-dimensional formline design—such as the painting on the model canoe paddles in this case—is the distinctive style of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian communities in the Pacific Northwest. It emerged from existing sculptural traditions, which, like formline art, continue to be practiced today. Contemporary artist Preston Singletary derives the direction and purpose of his work from his Tlingit cultural heritage. Yet he utilizes an unexpected medium to perpetuate the visual language of his people. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience working with glass in Seattle, Sweden, and among Venice’s legendary artisans, Singletary employs a mastery of European glass-blowing techniques and etching to intensify and enliven the formline designs in his works.

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 


Course History

ANTH 3.01, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Sienna Craig, Winter 2022

Writing Program 5.24, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Writing Program 5.25, Photographic Representations, Amanda Wetsel, Winter 2023

Exhibition History

The Art of the Northwest Coast, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 25/Native American Studies 49, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 25-May 18, 2003.

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.


Clara G. Corser Turner Churchill (1851-1945) and Frank Carroll Churchill (1850-1912), Sitka, Alaska, 1911; bequeathed to present collection, 1946.

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